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70th MSSA Senate

October 23, 2002

Meeting called to order by Speaker Zach Biesanz

Roll Call

Senators Present

Mary Scheider 5-0-0, Joseph Finn 3-0-0, Ryan Haugen 9-0-1, Minhaal M. Nathani 8-2-0, Katie Hjulberg 5-0-0, Andrew Menden 9-0-1, Jessica Giordani 9-0-1, Rajendra K. Penugonda 10-0-0, Jessica Boyd 10-0-0, Katie Garrity 10-0-0, Mohammed Suhail 8-1-1, Alex Boyce 10-0-0, C. Rhys Gaffer 9-0-1, Anand Agarwal 8-2-0, Gordana Copic 9-0-1, Jared Golde 3-0-0, Irfan Bangash 10-0-0, Celeste Hollerud 9-0-1, Rebecca Pollack 5-0-0, Ian Radtke 10-0-0, Jayson Read 5-0-0, Hailey Schmitz 8-2-0, Megan Brandt 5-0-0

Senators Absent

Joseph Perkins 8-2-0, Taimoor Hussain Bangash 8-2-0,

Executive Staff Present

President Joe Muggli, Vice President Ali Raza

Student Forum

Raj Penugonda-RHA Association is looking at trying to implement the 15 feet rule for smokers-want to penalize students that do not follow rules. What they were advised is that as a committee they need to come up with a policy for the halls and all through the campus. Another issue is the internet problem, contract with Charter Communications-students are trying to solve problems with contract. Students pay a lot and they are not getting the service. Res Life says it is Charter’s problem, Charter has not done anything to help the situation. Last week it was shut down for three days. Is there away we can change this contract, tackle the problem?. Also prices in the vending machines were raised, and no one was told about this. Even a scholarship would not benefit all the students. Really want senate to do something about this.

Senator Copic-Advisors and residents can write incident reports. They could write up something

about smokers.

Raj-Benches have been set up but smokers don’t use them. They stand by the door. Also there

are no benches by McElroy-also trash cans are ten feet away-so smokers just put them out by the door. The rules are not written where smokers see them and so they don’t know that they should be enforced. I have been following this since last year-it needs to be made clear so residents realize that they can not do this.

Senator Haugen-What are options?

Raj-We asked Res life to come up with a policy, a smoking issue policy. They told us to come

up with a policy-also they said they would cover the benches for smokers-this has not happened.

This is not taken seriously.

Senator Haugen-If the shelters are enclosed-who should pay for this, is that student fees?

Raj-If all the buildings are smoke free then a shelter should be provided at the university’s cost..

Approval of Agenda Stands approved

Approval of Minutes 10/16/02 Minutes stand approved

Motion Senator Gaffer/Senator Giordani

M 10.23.02

Have the University Administration review its current contract with Charter Communications in regard to that company’s compliance with their contract in its service to students at MSU, Mankato. The MSSA requests the University share its finding on this review with RHA, and the MSSA President

Senator Gaffer-This issue came up last year. This seems reasonable to ask the administration to review this contract due to complaints of lack of service.

Senator Radtke-Does this motion refer to the university as a whole or the Res Life contract?

Senator Gaffer-The intent would be the effect of the Res Life contract.

Amend-Senator Radtke/Senator Gaffer

Recommend the University Administration review the Residential Life current contract with Charter Communications in regard to that company’s compliance with their contract in it’s service to students at MSU, Mankato. The MSSA requests the University share it’s finding on this review with RHA, and the MSSA President

Motion Passes unanimously

Officer Reports

President Joseph Muggli

Last night we had the Candidate Forum, there were not a large number of people there. There

were more students than faculty. The candidates gave us lots of information. We need help hanging door signs and handing out pamphlets, and help with driving shuttles the day of the election. Election day is two weeks from yesterday. If you can volunteer contact Darrel Olson.

Legislative Affairs will meet Mondays at 4:00 PM

Appointments: SAC-Imran Ale M.M. Hussein MSUSA Cultural Diversity Rep-Shabir Hassin

Raj attended Sub Meet and Confer Planning, and if you have any questions I’m sure he would be glad to answer them.. Still looking for a Campus Rep. Technology Roundtable meets

tomorrow from 2:00-3:00. Res Hall senators-it would be important for you to attend the RHA meetings the next few weeks to help voice your opinion about room and board rates.

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Pentel was here yesterday. The Tim’s, Penny and Pawlenty will be on campus on Thursday. New York Times will be with Tim Penny.

Give it up for South Asian Night. Give it up for our senators who attended. Give it up for Ali for being one of the mc’s. Very disappointed that the Reporter did not cover this. There were over 500 students in attendance. Meet and Confer-Thursday at 1:00 PM. If you would like to go,

Talk to me. Raj, myself and Darrel will be attending.

Senator Haugen-Can you highlight some of the questions the candidates had in the forum.

President Muggli-There Were over 12 candidates in attendance and many questions. Some of the candidates talked and talked.

Senator Read-The technology roundtable you were talking about is that the University committee

or the student technology committee?

President Muggli-The university technology committee.

Senator Haugen-When will Tim Penny be in the office?

President Muggli-He will be in our office at 11:30. Tim Pawlenty will be in the union from

9:00-9:30. Go down there and ask him questions.

Fall Conference October 25-27. We will be leaving at 3:00 on Friday.

Vice President Ali Raza

Union Board still needs 3 or 4 committee members, this is important, because Stompers is

going to be remodeled-discussions will be on remodeling. Food or anything going on in

Student Union is discussed in this committee. Parking Advisory last Friday-they decided

to not fund the Crossing Guards after the roads are open-then they felt there was room

for discussion-the committee decided they would pay 50/50 with the university.

Regarding the vending machines-the machines could not hold change for two dollars. Also

there was the sales tax, they had to raise the costs. Also regarding Pepsi-they have a contract

for several years, many schools are doing this. The scholarship would be for Leadership

Scholarships. At least this way, we could get something back because the prices were going up anyway. This would compensate some leaders. Agree that there should be signs posted for

smokers, that is a great thing. I don’t blame the smokers-the place where they have to smoke

is not adequate, but there should be a sign. Really disappointed that there was not anything

in the Reporter regarding South Asian Night when over 500 people were there. This was a great opportunity for everyone

faculty, staff, students to learn about the cultures.

Speaker Zach Biesanz

Had a great opportunity to watch a presentation by the British Ambassador to the U.S, Sir Christopher Meyer as part of Minnesota International Center yesterday.

Recognized Student Organizations

Nepali Student Community, Panhellenic Association, Scandinavian Club, Somali Student Association Mankato, American Society of Mechanical Engineers,

Correspondence From Malcolm O’Sullivan, Director of Student Services Initiatives and Budgets

President Davenport received and reviewed the resolutions from the October 9, 2002 meeting.

SAC Resolution #10.09.02A This resolution recommends up to $200.00 in funding for the Mankato Social Work Club to travel to Pittsburg, PA for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference. The President approves this allocation.

SAC Resolution #10.09.02B This resolution recommends up to $900.00 in funding for MSU Amnesty International to travel to Chicago for the Midwest Regional Conference. The President approves this allocation.

MSSA Resolution 10.09.02 A The President has reviewed this resolution and wishes to inform the Student Senate that he will discuss the Crossing Guard program with Vice President Trauger in order to make a determination about its future. Your advice will be considered in their discussion.

Coordinator Reports

Student Services Coordinator-Raj Penugonda

I attended the Sub Meet and Confer for Planning on Monday the 21st of October. The participants included representatives from different colleges and some from the administration. Vice-President Karen Boubel mentioned about the budget proposal of $108 million put up by the Minnesota State system. This is much less than what Minnesota State actually needs but if approved, it might limit the tuition increase to 3% over the next two years. This depends a large extent on the results of the election and if the new Governor supports funding for Higher Education. Some other things that were brought up were the increase in enrollment and retention (79% from Fall 2001) of students. This is a good sign and also brings up the issue of increased staffing and salaries for the new staff.

There was a short presentation by Mark Johnson and his team, which included the Dean of Graduate Studies, about the Campus Master Plan. Many people are not aware that such a thing exists and can be easily accessed through our school’s website. So a plan is being developed to make available the summary of the Master Plan in a concise manner. There will be a presentation regarding this in the Senate on Wednesday, 6th of November. This is being done to speed up the process of planning and reduce the time lapse, waiting for feedbacks from the different committees. The administration needs to get through this in two months.

The street in front of Crawford will be down and there will be an apartment complex housing

Unit. Also green space will be increased. We are paying for all this, all students should know this. Plans are being made for spaces in departments.

Also, the Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Flaherty, mentioned that he would like to meet me to discuss some issues about Graduate Programs.

Committee Reports

SAC-Katie Garrity, Chair

Fiscal 2001-2002 summary.

Senator Gaffer-Overview of deficits.

Senate will have a presentation from SLD&SL in Nov. .

Vice President Raza-Can you explain a little about SAC?

Chair Garrity-SAC is the committee that makes recommendations on how your fees are spent

by the departments, Recognized Student Organizations. This is over a $3 million dollar budget

it is important that we are informed about all the requests and budgets.

Senator Reports

Allied Health and Nursing-Mary Scheider

Therapeutic Recreation major and an emphasis in singing.

Attended Inver Grove Heights, was on senate. Was Director of Communications for two years. I have many ideas of getting MSSA exposed. I am on Academic Affairs and ECDC. I love HUGS, I love funky socks

Senator Gaffer-Are you the voice I hear on the KMSU Radio

Senator Scheider-Yes

Off-Campus Senator-Rebecca Pollack

Earth Science Major/minor in Theology. Married and have a son. Just fed him his first jello, he

had an amazing time. Girl Scout Leader, troop is raising money to go to England. Goal

on Senate is to learn more about the university. Will be attending Fall Conference.

Senator Gaffer-Do you have a Halloween costume for your son?

Senator Pollack-Winnie the Pooh

Crawford Senator-Anand Agarwal

From Nepal-I live at the top of the world and it is known for its natural beauty. Work in Carkoski and in the ACC, also the Web director for International Student Association. South Asian Night was very good. The food was yummy. Give it up for Irfan.

Vice President Raza-Do you like dancing?


Speaker-Jello speaking at First Ave. Have one extra ticket

Senator Garrity-Birthday on Friday-join us.

Senator Gaffer-Student Union Board meeting tomorrow.

Senator Giordani-New discussion group-every Tuesday in LGBC at 1:00

Vice President Raza-Dr. Hateem-Muslim view on Allah. Ostrander on Nov. 1.

Senator Finn-Attended conference for Amnesty International. Will be giving a presentation on

the conference. Everyone is invited.

Senator Agarwal-Nepali film-nominated for Oscar. Indigo 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

Senator Giordani-Tomorrow-Young Women’s Day of Action, recognize women’s work and stopping violence against women.

Senator Read-Big night last night-I am now engaged to be married.

Senator Copic-Ali sings really well.

Roll Call

Senators Present

Mary Scheider, Joseph Finn, Ryan Haugen, Minhaal M. Nathani, Katie Hjulberg, Andrew Menden, Jessica Giordani, Rajendra Penugonda, Jessica boyd, Katie Garrity, Mohammad Suhail, Alex Boyce, Rhys Gaffer, Anand Agarwal, Gordana Copic, Jared Golde, Irfan Bangash, Celeste Hollerud, Rebecca Pollack, Ian Radtke, Jayson Read, Hailey Schmitz, Megan Brandt

Senators Absent

Taimoor Hussain Bangash

Executive Staff Present

President Joe Muggli, Vice President Raza

Adjournment 5:20 PM